b. 13/02/1884 Bourton, Gloucestershire. d. 21/12/1975 Fleet, Hampshire.
Johnson served with the Wiltshire Regiment in the Second Boer War. He transferred to The South Wales Borderers in 1903.
He was 34 years old, and an acting lieutenant-colonel in the The South Wales Borderers, British Army, commanding 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment during the First World War when the following deed took place at the Sambre Canal, France for which he was awarded the VC.
On 4 November 1918 at Sambre Canal, France, the 2nd Infantry Brigade, of which the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment formed part, was ordered to cross by the lock south of Catillon. The position was strong and the assaulting and bridging parties were halted on arrival at the waterway 100 yards from the canal by a heavy barrage. At this point Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson arrived and personally led an assault but heavy fire again broke up the attack. He reorganized the assaulting and bridging parties and this time effected a crossing but the success of this dangerous operation was entirely due to his splendid leadership.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: SOUTH WALES BORDERERS MUSEUM, BRECON, WALES.
BURIAL PLACE: CHRISTCHURCH, CHURCH CROOKHAM, HAMPSHIRE.
Dudley Johnson's medals including VC, DSO with Bar and MC on display at South Wales Borderers Museum, Brecon (May 2014).
SWB Museum Roll of Honour, Brecon
Freemasons Memorial, London (Brian Drummond)